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Date:   Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:24:00 +0100
From:   Jiri Pirko <>
To:     Michal Kubecek <>
Cc:, David Miller <>,
        Andrew Lunn <>,
        Jakub Kicinski <>,
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH net-next v3 12/21] ethtool: provide permanent
 hardware address in GET_INFO request

Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 07:22:24PM CET, wrote:
>Add information about permanent hadware address of a device (as provided by
>flag is set in the request.
>There is no separate attribute for hardware address length as nla_len gives
>this information. The reply also provides address type (net_device::type).
>Signed-off-by: Michal Kubecek <>
> Documentation/networking/ethtool-netlink.txt |  9 ++++-
> include/uapi/linux/ethtool_netlink.h         | 12 +++++-
> net/ethtool/info.c                           | 39 ++++++++++++++++++++
> 3 files changed, 58 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>diff --git a/Documentation/networking/ethtool-netlink.txt b/Documentation/networking/ethtool-netlink.txt
>index b6999a2167e8..1e615e111262 100644
>--- a/Documentation/networking/ethtool-netlink.txt
>+++ b/Documentation/networking/ethtool-netlink.txt
>@@ -239,6 +239,9 @@ Kernel response contents:
>         ETHA_DRVINFO_FWVERSION		(string)	firmware version
>         ETHA_DRVINFO_BUSINFO		(string)	device bus address
>         ETHA_DRVINFO_EROM_VER		(string)	expansion ROM version
>+    ETHA_INFO_PERMADDR		(nested)
>+        ETHA_PERMADDR_ADDRESS		(binary)	permanent HW address

I think this is a nice example of thing that should not be exposed with
ethtool but rather via rtnetlink, alongside with the actual hw address.


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